Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story

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Sleeping Bear Press, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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In 1932, Akron, Ohio was no better off than other parts of the country. Since Black Tuesday in 29, companies are closed, men all over the state are out of work, and families are running out of hope. Thirteen-year-old Rudy wants to help but doesnt know where to turn. His father, sullen and withdrawn, spends his time sulking on their front porch. His mother is desperate, not knowing how she will feed and care for her family. When Rudy learns of other boys leaving town and heading west to seek their fortunes, he hops a train figuring at least there will be one less mouth to feed at home.

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User Review  - whitneyharrison - LibraryThing

This story is of a boy who wants to help during the Great Depression. He leaves home trying to live in the real world and find some money. What he does find is kindness from others. From Hobos, and he learns the tricks of surviving. This is a great story for adventure. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Dandi Daley Mackall received an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri. She is an author of books for both children and adults and has published more than 450 titles. Her books include Eva Underground, Love Rules, Kindred Sisters, Just One of Me, Rudy Rides the Rails, and the I'm Not Afraid series. She is has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children's Literature and a two Mom's Choice Awards.

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